World's Cutest Spider
The world's cutest spider, according to popular internet magazine Verge and who could disagree?
Sighting of rare Huntsman
Larry Sanders, who is forever finding new and curious wildlife around the Emerald district, sent us this rare Pale Huntsman Neosparassus macilentus. This species has not been mentioned in the literature since Hogg's paper in 1903 on the Australasian spiders of the subfamily Sparassinae.
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Have you ever wondered what elements make up a spider? Scroll down to see images from the Australian Synchrotron taken by Dr. Daryl Howard who scanned a whole Huntsman Spider using the X-ray fluorescence elemental mapping technique. The Australian Synchrotron had recently commissioned some new parts and needed a test sample to make sure things were set up properly. Daryl spotted this Huntsman (on the floor, dead) and thought it would be interesting to analyse, and if everything was working OK.
Not 1, not 2 but 3 new species from Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain is proving to spider heaven as the Wilderness Preservation Society of Queensland's Scenic Rim Bio Blitz surveys the rainforest. New species of crab spiders in particular are scuttling across our trays. Here are two versions of "Stripey" and another one dubbed "Pseudocetratus".